watch out for this little extra that changes the game on smartphones

Usually, the Plus version of the Snapdragon chips improves performance nicely, and that’s it. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 breaks this habit and turns out to be a much better choice than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

When we advise you on tech purchases, we always try to highlight the lines of demarcation that exist between one product and another. LCD or OLED screen for a smartphone or a television, fast or slow charging, rotation or torque sensor for an electric bike, etc.

This article pursues this goal by insisting on a very specific point: if you have to choose between a phone with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, always choose the 8+ Gen 1. We explain why.

It’s hot, it’s burning

At the start of the year, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 quickly established itself as a power monster, shamelessly devouring its competitors on synthetic benchmarks. But there was one problem that all the tests revealed: the heating was quite annoying at best, unacceptable at worst.

Unfortunately, some smartphones that we tested paid the price. We also tend to be even more picky about chips in the high-end segment, as these are devices meant to be used over a very long time, given the investment they represent. .

However, a chip that heats up inevitably leads to a battery that heats up. And batteries don’t like it at all. It is the certainty of ending up with a device whose autonomy is greatly reduced after one or two years. In addition, the heat released by the chip brings another, even more pressing problem: in the event of a heat wave, for example, or if you use your phone to play games, it can simply become unusable. On products for 800 euros or more, this is a stain.

A little extra and everything changes

Fortunately, a suitor comes to get us out of this predicament. Its name: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (the difference is subtle). In the last few weeks we have started collecting tests of phones equipped with it. And the difference is noticeable to say the least.

OnePlus 10T (24)

Already, we easily notice that the Plus chip tends to show lower scores than the basic one. Judge instead with the OnePlus 10 Pro, under Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and its counterpart, the OnePlus 10T under 8+ Gen 1.

Model OnePlus 10 Pro OnePlus 10T
AnTuTu 9 811491 754073
AnTuTu CPU 150160 126624
AnTuTu GPU 414403 416631
AnTuTu MEM 117469 100661
AnTuTu UX 129459 110157
PCMark 3.0 11425 10443
3DMark Wild Life 9659 REACH
3DMark Wild Life average framerate 57.80 FPS REACH
3DMark Wild Life Extreme REACH 2696
3DMark Wild Life Extreme average frame rate REACH 16 FPS
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (on screen / offscreen) 59/47 FPS 60/47 FPS
GFXBench Car Chase (On Screen/Off Screen) 60/96 FPS 60/97 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen/offscreen) 60/229 FPS 60/218 FPS
Sequential read/write 1531 / 1207 MB/s 1637 / 1108 MB/s
Random read/write 66244 / 67250 IOPS 23462 / 67117 IOPS

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